County Jury Awards $25 Million in Punitive Damages to Paralyzed Driver

Chris Welsh, Esq.

Attorney Chris Welsh

Attorney Chris Welsh

A county jury in Iowa has awarded a former truck driver $25 million in punitive damages in a case against his workers’ compensation insurance provider.

The driver, Toby Thornton, 37, of Clayton County Recycling was paralyzed in a front the chest down in a trucking accident, after which his employer’s insurance company fought his claim for compensation benefits for years, even denying that he was paralyzed.

The Pottawattamie County ¬†jury found that the American Interstate Insurance for acted in bad faith in its handling of Thornton’s claim, and awarded Thornton $25 million in punitive damages and $284,000 in damages.

If you have been seriously injured on the job and your claim has not been upheld, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney to discuss potential legal options.

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